One GEJ’s Leadership Philosophy Every African Leader Must Emulate


An example of Goodluck Jonathan’s leadership in Nigeria has spurred a lot of admiration all over Africa whose diplomats deemed worthy of emulation.

At the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Development in Africa (EISA), held on Thursday October 20, 2016, the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, praised Dr. Jonathan for his courageous concession towards his opponent even before his country’s Electoral Management Body, The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC had announced the results of the elections.

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Ramaphosa encouraged African leaders to follow the former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan leadership philosophy which is based on the maxim that ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian’.

Speaking further, the South African deputy president explained that democracy cannot flourish if the media is not free.

“Democracy cannot flourish when political parties depend solely on the largesse of private funders. There is a need to use new technology in the electoral processes to reach the greater masses.”

The event was graced with high profile leaders including Mr. Cassam Uteem, former President of Mauritius and Mrs. Aminata Toure, former Prime Minister of Senegal.


Dr. Jonathan who was a panellist at the event gave a speech and he credited the electoral reforms of his administration, the co-operation of Nigerians and freedom of speech as some of the vehicles that helped Nigeria achieve a peaceful transition.

Although Jonathan’s leadership was marred by many flaws compounded mostly by some government officials who worked with him. The scandalous and shameless looting of the national cakes was the order in which his administration trampled on the nation.

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Massive embezzlement of  the Nigeria’s wealth and asset worth billions of dollars were reportedly squandered including the most controversial case of the #DasukiGate; the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki allegedly diverted the sum $2 billion appropriated to fight insurgency.